Sports Therapy

Study options


BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
19 September 2022

Industry Accreditation

Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists

Specialist laboratories

Our facilities include specialist laboratories and clinics to give you hands on experience

Sports Therapy Clinic

Work under the supervision of accredited staff

Learn how to help athletes recover from injury and design injury prevention programmes for sports teams with our sports therapy degree.

Are you interested in helping athletes recover from injury? Or maybe you want to design injury prevention programmes for sports teams?

Whether you have ambitions of working within the professional sports environment or running your own clinic, our accredited Sports Therapy degree gives you the skills, knowledge and experience needed to treat and rehabilitate professional and amateur athletes.

With sports therapy backgrounds in private practice, professional and semi-professional sport, our lecturers bring practical experience to their academic knowledge. Teaching combines formal lectures with practical laboratory and clinical workshops. As a Sports Therapy student, you’ll be guaranteed a placement, internship or volunteering opportunity to develop real-world skills. We also provide the experience of work under the supervision of The Society of Sports Therapists accredited staff, to deliver treatments in our sports therapy laboratory.

This course includes student membership to The Society of Sports Therapists at no additional cost during your studies; for more information on the benefits of student membership please visit The Society of Sports Therapists website.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Work placements

The Sport and Exercise Department works with local, regional and national employers alongside international university partners to provide students with placement and work experience opportunities both in the UK and abroad. In 2018/19 our students visited Nippon Sport Science University in Japan and we are currently planning this years’ trip to ILEPS in Paris.

Students on our Sports Therapy degrees have worked with:

  • Stoke City FC
  • Port Vale FC
  • Notts County FC
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • St George's Park
  • Widnes Vikings

Course content

With the support of our experienced lecturers, you’ll build skills in injury assessment, exercise rehabilitation and soft techniques including massage and joint mobilisation skills. You’ll also develop a scientific understanding of the physiological response to exercise.

You will learn how to provide first aid and emergency trauma management in a high pressure sports setting, and Staffordshire University Sports Therapy Clinic will give you experience of a professional working practice.

You’ll also work at a variety of events and venues.

Past students have worked at Stoke City FC, Port Vale FC, Notts County FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, St George's Park and Widnes Vikings.

They have also supported local marathons. Key skills you will learn during the course include anatomy, biomechanics, sports massage, rehabilitation techniques, electrotherapy, soft tissue therapy, spinal mobilisations, physiological response to exercise, kinesiology and nutrition.

You’ll complete a research project in your final year, as well as the professional placement experience. The placement should combine clinical and field experience to broaden your skill set.

On graduation, you will be a professional sports therapist ready to work across the dynamic sports industry.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.

Society of Sports Therapists
Elanor Farthing - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Elanor Farthing - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy


Discover why Elanor chose our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree - and how beneficial she feels our on-campus Sports Therapy Clinic is for her progression.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM 

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Sports Therapy Clinic and Facilities Tour

Sports Therapy Clinic and Facilities Tour


Join our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy lecturer Rebecca for a tour of our sports therapy facilities, including our Sports Therapy Clinic.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Possible career routes upon graduation:

  • Sports therapist
  • Massage therapist
  • Running a business or sports therapy clinic
  • Working in injury clinics alongside sports therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors
  • Working with elite athletes in a variety of sports including football, rugby and martial arts

Many graduates also go on to postgraduate study.

Rosiemae Langham - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Rosiemae Langham - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy


Rosiemae has always had an interest in sports therapy and believes Staffs was the perfect option for her.

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. 


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Cameron Brown - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Cameron Brown - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy


Cameron explains why our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree was the natural choice for him.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Year 1

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
79% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

16% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
84% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

Year 1

35% practical exams
39% coursework
26% written exams

Year 2

38% practical exams
50% coursework
13% written exams

Year 3

24% practical exams
73% coursework
4% written exams


You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Rebecca Warnett


Rebecca graduated from the Sports Therapy degree at Staffordshire University in July 2014 and is the current manager of the Staffordshire University Sports Therapy Clinic (SUST). Rebecca's expertise lie in Sports Massage, Injury Assessment and R…

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Edward Stanhope

Senior Lecturer

In 2019 Edward was awarded a master's in teaching and learning with distinction from the University of Birmingham and was also awarded a master's in clinical trials with distinction from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where h…

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For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

Sport and Exercise at Staffordshire University

Sport and Exercise at Staffordshire University


Find out more about the great range of Sport and Exercise undergraduate degrees available at Staffordshire University.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • DBS checks where required for assessed modules 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting:

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

The BSc Sports Therapy course is an interesting engaging course that is practical and academic. The lectures are amazing and always there to help.

At the University there is a student Sports Therapy Clinic where we can gain experience with the help of our lectures. This is great as you get to see injuries first hand. Also, within the final year of this course you will have to complete external placement hours. This is another opportunity to gain an insight into the occupation which I am looking forward to next year.

There are loads of useful facilities at the University that are used during lectures. The University has the sports therapy clinic rooms, biomechanics lab which is incorporated into assignments and physiological testing labs. The library is also a great facility which also has staff on hand to help with academic support.

Claire Parker

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

The facilities for sports therapy are amazing. The teaching staff are so friendly and excellent in their teaching, along with the opportunities given are fantastic allowing everyone to excel in what they do and preparing us to have the best future possible. 

I work within the student run Sports Therapy Clinic. I am enjoying every minute which I spend working in there and developing my knowledge and experience with external clients. It definitely makes me look forward to graduating and developing a career as a sports therapist.

Georgia Lucas

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

From a very young age, I’ve always wanted to be a physio and help people – it's always been part of me and in my blood to be able to help people go back to how they were and better. In sports therapy you’re able to help people go from somebody who doesn’t believe in themselves, to somebody who makes it and beyond.

Olivia Hesketh

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
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Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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